So I guess I gots ta represent. In no order:
Allman Brothers - Live at Fillmore East. I mean, seriously every note, man, every note is unmatched.
The Who - Who's Next. Balls out rock & roll. Even the ballads drip with sweat and testosterone.
Grateful Dead - Workingman's Dead. While there are songs on American Beauty that I like more than on Workingman's, this is just absolutely perfect all the way through with no hiccups ("Operator" and "Till The Morning Comes" detract from AB's majesty). Pigpen shines on Easy Wind, and "Black Peter" might be the saddest song the Dead ever recorded.
Led Zeppelin - Houses Of The Holy. A close battle between this and their debut. A bit of a tossup, but I've been listening to this more frequently of late.
Pearl Jam - Ten. I bought this as a freshman in high school before I had ever heard a note, before I had ever heard of the band. For about a week, it was completely unknown to anyone else, it was my private album. And when it exploded, it didn't diminish one bit. That's saying something.
Bob Dylan - Time Out Of Mind. Perhaps a surprise, as it comes 30+ years after his most groundbreaking work. I think it shows a mature songwriter, with even more bite on his tongue. Lanois' production takes this from a great bunch of songs to a perfect album.
U2 - Achtung Baby. I love this album, and it shares the same coming of age emotional resonance with me that Ten does. The lyrics to "Acrobat" speak to me just as strongly as a 34-year-old as they did to me as a 13-year-old.
Beatles - Rubber Soul. This could very easily be Revolver. The Beatles were never better than they were during these two albums.
The Band - Music From Big Pink. Like Workingman's Dead, this is American music. Not bad for a group of (mostly) Canadians.
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust. A loose concept based around a group of remarkably tight songs.
So, yeah, that's my top ten, not the top five. If I had to go with the top five, I'd go with The Allmans, the Dead, Zep, Pearl Jam, and the Beatles. That would probably change tomorrow.
It was so hard for me to pick just one Grateful Dead album, they are without a doubt my favorite band of all time. If you really want to hear some amazing music look up the Grateful Dead Watkins Glenn soundboards, there is a version of Mountain Jam performed by The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, and The Band. Its amazing. Oh and the Johnny Cash "America I-V" recordings are also amazing